June 26, 2003

Rain Makeups Make For Full Night Of Racing At SCS

Fans at Scotland County Speedway definitely got their money's worth Saturday, June 21 with double features in three classes bringing the race total to nine main events on the night.

The stock cars, hobby stocks and cruisers ran feature events from a June 7 rainout to open the show. That was followed up by the regular heat races and main events for all six regularly scheduled classes.

The June 7 stock car feature opened the show. It looked like it might be a sibling rivalry as Jason and Ryan Cook battled it out for the top spot.

Early on it was Josh Walker (78) holding the lead ahead of Les Blakley (87) as the Cooks moved into striking distance. Jason Cook was the first to get by Walker as he took over the lead. That left Walker, Blakley and Ryan Cook in a three-car tussle for the second spot. The trio put on an exciting show as they went back and forth before Ryan Cook finally grabbed the two spot. He wasn't satisfied with that and quickly had the 27R challenging for the lead with Jason Cook doing everything right to hold him off.

But car trouble ended Jason's night prematurely and spoiled a chance for him to pick up a win to celebrate his birthday. That left the checkered flag for Ryan Cook as he picked up the win. Blakley was second with Walker finishing third.

The hobby stocks sent 18 cars to the track to make up the June 7 rainout. Doug Small and Wyatt Green started the race on the front row but it was Jim Walker and Mark Holt who grabbed the crowds attention right off the bat. Holt took the 11 car up the middle from his third row starting spot to jump up several positions with the great start. Walker was just as quick as he got the 80 car into second place.

Jeff Soper took a little longer, but he eventually worked the 43S car up from a fifth row starting spot into the mix for a top five finish.

While the jockeying for positions was going on behind him Small had the 4/D car out to a good lead. Eventually Walker was able to wrestle away the top spot and drop Small into second.

Walker would not give up the top spot as Small and then Soper made late pushes at the leader. Soper did get by Small to take second. The 4/D car held off Holt in a good battle for third place.

The cruiser feature was a parade of different leaders as the class put on a quality show.

The 8up car took the early lead courtesy of a front row starting spot. Dave Hudson and Robert Arnold brought the 34H car up from the fourth row and were early contenders for the lead.

The 4 car of Tom Damon and Jeff Frese of Quincy, IL were the next drivers to pull into first place but when debris from their car caused a caution flag the 4 car was sent to the back of the field on the restart.

That left the leader spot for the 87 car of Donnie and Greg Peters and they held the spot until the final lap when the car spun in turn four. That allowed the 40 car of Rick Hudson and Josh Morse to take the checkered flag. The 40 car along with the 35S car of Jody Small and Dan Raymond had both come all the way from the back of the pack late in the race to finish one, two. The 40 car was disqualified in the post-race tech for an illegal rear-end and that made Small and Raymond the winners.

The B-modifieds were the first regularly scheduled feature to take the track and 12 cars answered the call for the main event.

Jack Evans, Jr., opened on the front row and the 00 never gave up the lead as he led wire to wire on the way to his first victory of 2003 at SCS.

Josh Foster saw his streak of three straight wins come to an end. He had the 77 car into second place and was poised for a run at the 00 before a broken tire arm left his left front tire useless. It didn't stop him from hanging on in the top five before being black flagged for the problem.

That allowed Jerry Poor to pull the 86 car into second place with Danny Daggs taking over third. Chris Larson finished in fourth place while Logan Trueblood picked up the first top five finish of his young racing career.

The late model field was down to 11 cars when the green flag fell starting the main event. It looked like it would be a repeat of last week's race as Jody Wood (51) and Tommy Elston (45) started on the front row and the two driver's duked it out for the lead for the first half of the race.

But after a caution Elston took command of the race off the restart. Terry Schlipman drove the 42 car into second place leaving Wood in third. That's where they closed out the race in the top three spots.

Jeremy Townsend of Bloomfield, IA, was fourth in the 23 car followed by Justin Fuller in the 66F car.

A week after nearly 50 modifieds packed the track for the USMTS show the field dwindled to just 10 cars for the A-modified feature race.

Fresh off a victory at the USMTS show at Oskaloosa, IA, Sunday, June 22, Tony Fraise made quick work of the field at SCS Saturday night. Fraise started on the front row and built a half-lap lead early in the contest.

Second place was a different story as Bob Dale of Gorin and Ryan Meyer (82M) of Liberty, IL, put on a show. Dale held the advantage until late when Meyer finally got by to finish as the runner up to Fraise. Dale settled for third place followed by Paul Lawson (14) and Robby Warner (79).

Ryan Cook made it a night to remember as he won his second feature race of the night when the 27R car took the checkered flag in the June 21 stock car main event.

Cook started on the third row but quickly made his way to the lead. He went high to pass Mike Browning and take over first place. Cook had a strong hold on the lead but the racing was not finished as the two through five spots were up for grabs.

Josh Walker and Chris Larson moved up the field and they went three wide along with the 4 car of Bob Lynch in a three-way battle for the fourth spot. Walker and Larson got by Lynch and then set their sights on Browning. The three cars put on a good show but Browning withstood the challenge to keep second place followed by Walker and Larson.

It was a night for the Illinois drivers in the hobby stock feature race as three of the four top spots went to drivers from the other side of the river. Craig Spilker took his first ever feature win in fine fashion as the 70 car started on the pole and never relinquished the lead en route to the first win of the Quincy, IL, driver's career.

Brandon Wear made a late push to take second. The Camp Point, IL, driver brought the 99 car from its starting point near the back of the field to win second place. Wear passed Pete Grame of Quincy, IL, late in the race to take over the two spot. Grame fell off to fourth place as Jason Overhulser (36) of St. Francisville, IA, took third place. Mark Holt finished in fifth place.

After seeing their chance at a win slip away, literally, in the first race, Donnie and Greg Peters were not to be denied in the show finale as the 87 car took the checkered flag in the two-man cruiser feature.

The 87 car started on the front row but did not get past pole sitters Myron Vanbebber and Olan Husband (1) until the midway point of the race.

Once they did take over the lead the Peters car had to hold off a late push from David Hudson and Robert Arnold in the 34H. But the 34H car got loose in the final turn and fell back to third place behind the 7 car and the 1 car.

Brian Oberhulser and Shawn Verdon of St. Franscisville (42) were fourth followed by the 43S car of Jeff and John Soper.

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